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Setting up two RHEL5 servers to access shared file system on a Dell MD3000 DAS

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I have a  Dell MD3000 DAS which I want to be able to access the Filesystem simultaneously (active/active) from two Dell PowerEdge 2970's running RHEL 5. The Hardware has been configured by dell but I am now being told if I want to access from both machines at the same time I need to use something like GFS. The Das will only ever be written to from one machine but both machines will need to be able to read from the DAS. I can't find any decent How-to's for this scenario, can any one help?

doing an Fdisk on either Server does list the Disks Arrays on the DAS.

Any pointers would be appreciated,
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I found these docs for RHEL 4, but the steps are the same. There is no change in procedure. See if it helps you:
http://sourceware.org/cluster/doc/usage.txt
ftp://sources.redhat.com/pub/cluster/releases/
http://people.redhat.com/rkenna/gfs-deploy-tool/

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Will that machine support multiple machines connected to the same volumes at the same time?  I'm not familiar with this model, but previous powervaults would let two machines see the volumes, but only one machine could mount it at a time - regardless of the file system, it was a hardware thing not a software thing.

Did dell specifically tell you that two machines can mount it at the same time if you use GFS, or did that come from someone else.  If it didn't come from Dell I'd call and ask and make sure.
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You can connect two machines at the time if your machines are clustered.

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